Columbia River Brewing Co.

Columbia River Brewing Co.Columbia River Brewing Co.

Type: Brewery, Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

1728 NE 40th Ave
Portland, Oregon, 97212
United States

(503) 943-6157 | map

Opened July 2010.

Sun - Thurs: 11am - 10pm
Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm

Added by msubulldog25 on 10-26-2010

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Ratings: 15 |  Reviews: 7
Photo of Donkster46
4/5  rDev -3.1%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Photo of gurumojo
3/5  rDev -27.4%

Photo of Anaxagoris
3.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of DrJGR629
4.5/5  rDev +9%

Photo of LoganMc
4.04/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of RHVC59
4.5/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev -9.2%

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4/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of MightyCow9
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This was a nice place. The brewery sits down below the bar and you can get a very good idea of the beers and how they are made. No one was active in the area while we were there, but the glassed observation area would make for great viewing if their had been.

Immediately walking in we were told to sit anywhere and the space was not crowded. We went on a Monday afternoon, so not unexpected. But a single bartender managed to serve everyone in the building with ease.

We played some darts on a very nice dart set up. My uncle whipped me up and down the bar, so I bought the beers. But that was cheap.

Only knock on the place was that they did not really have a low gravity offering. I had an ESB that I believe rang in at 5.7%. That was the baby of the selections. Fine and good if you have no where to go, but we felt the big beers later!

I recommend the place, and wish we had a chance to try more of the food. It looked very good.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.84/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

Another nice little up and coming place. Competing with Laurelwood obviously hasn't kept them down. Nice vibe to the place, basic decor and nothing gaudy. The bar seats about 10-15 and there are plenty of tables otherwise. The place is relatively new, and I think their beers still need a little fine tuning overall, in order for any of them to really stand out as "great," but it was all still good nonetheless, and certainly more on the easy-drinking side. A good range of selections, from blonde to stout, and they even bottle their porter. Our bartender (one of the owners I assumed) was friendly and helpful. Didn't have food here, but it looked decent. Prices were just about right too, so no complaints there. Nothing spellbinding here, but definitely worth a visit. I wish them luck in years to come.

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Photo of MsRif
4.47/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

My husband and I went here during our Portland "beercation." I knew I would like this place as soon as I walked in. The atmosphere was extremely nice, with an open bar and plenty of seating options. I loved the interior layout, and I was happy to take a seat at the bar. The quality of the brews was above standard, in my opinion. I really enjoyed all of the ten brews that I sampled, especially the Paddler's Porter that I was very happy to take a bottle home of, considering I cannot get it back in PA. Service was a full five...admittedly, it was early in the day and it was pretty slow, however, our bartender was very attentive, extremely knowledgeable and very helpful. No problems at all and the service alone would probably keep me coming back.

Even though the selection was fairly limited (11 beers), I am still giving a 4.5 because the different styles of beers that were available ranged greatly, and since I did a sampler, I felt that 11 (well, actually 10 since I didn't try one of them) was more than enough. I'd like to see them expand a bit more, but seeing as how they are only 18 months in, I think they are doing quite well!

Didn't try the food since we came from HUB, but it looked really good and reasonably priced, as well.

I loved this microbrewery, and I think it is definitely worth a visit if you are ever in the area!

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Photo of John_M
3.83/5  rDev -7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Thought it was high time I stopped by today...

Have not been to this space since it was owned by Laurelwood, and I really like how the new owners have opened things up in the dining room. The dining area is quite good size now, with the same fairly dark, woodsy look it had previously. The bar area hasn't been changed at all (as far as I can tell), but for some reason it doesn't seem to have quite the same cramped feel that it used to have.

As for the beer, what I had was pretty impressive. I tried samples of the irish red and pale ale, which I thought were both solid and well made. The hop heaven IPA was nothing short of outstanding, and while the English style "ground n pound" wasn't entirely to my liking (what can I say? I like my IPA's in the West Coast/NW style), it was still a pretty decent, well made effort.

As for selection, on this day I think they had around 10 beers on tap. Based on what I sampled today, I'd have to say the brewmaster knows his stuff. Some beers were better than others I thought, but everything I tried was well made and easy to appreciate.

Service was quite good. At least for now, the staffing of CRB is pretty much a family affair. The bartender indicated her father is the brewer, while she and her mom work in the pub as well. The folks working here clearly care about their brewpub, and it seemed clear to me that they want their customers to enjoy and appreciate their experience here as well. In this they succeeded, as I quite enjoyed my visit to their pub.

As for food, it was OK. I wasn't thrilled with the wing order I got, as I thought it a bit sweet with the BBQ sauce it came with. The chicken was well prepared otherwise, and so at this point I'll just chalk up my experience to a style I just don't care all that much for. I'm pretty optimistic that I'll find something here I like from the kitchen in the future.

Pricing was very fair I thought. You can buy beer here by the 12 ounce glass, the pint, the imperial pint, pitcher and growler. I was here during happy hour, and so could have gotten pints for the same price I was paying for a 12 ounce glass ($3.25). Regardless, whether food or beer, it's really hard to complain about the pricing here.

All things considered, I found this to be a very solid place, and I'd definitely come back for the hop heaven IPA. I wish the folks running this place nothing but the best, as so far what I've tried here has been very, very impressive.

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Photo of djbreezy
4.5/5  rDev +9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

A really nice looking place inside. Has that english pub type of feel. Very spacious and tons of room to fill up. Went on an afternoon so I'm not sure if the place gets packed on the weekends but I hope so. The brewing tanks are exposed in a recessed area with windows where you can look down on the brewery. Cool.

The quality was great. Really nice brew for something local. I was shocked at the selection of beers that they had brewed in the 7 months since they've been open. I had the sampler tray. 10 beers for $10. I thought that was a very fair deal. All 3 oz. pours and a variety of styles.

The service was incredible. One of the owner's or the daughter of the brewmaster helped us in addition to another guy who appeared to be a family member as well. Very attentive. Very interested in feedback on their beer. Very passionate and quite courteous! They were homebrewers for years prior to opening this and it has been their dream to put it together. I'd say they are doing a great job.

I didn't try the food but the menu seemed extensive.

I'd definitely like to go back and enjoy some whole pints now that I've sampled the gamut.

The only negative I'd say. Signage wasn't very obvious from the street. Maybe I overlooked it but I'd encourage the owners to invest is a bold sign (neon or something) that hangs off the building.

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Photo of guitarfacepete
4.55/5  rDev +10.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Holy crap, this place is a great find.

My wife and I stopped in on a rainy tuesday while scoping out a couple new brewpubs in the area. We could not have been more impressed with Columbia River.

Atmosphere: The pub is a well lit place with large windows looking into the street, several tables, a nice bar, and the brewery on display in the back of the room. We were greeted warmly by two of the employees upon entering, despite the fact that the place was almost empty.

Quality: The beer was outstanding. There are two different American style IPAs, both of which are great. It was impressive to have two beers in the same style with wildly different flavors brewed by the same brewer. My wife went for a glass of the Dubbel Vision, which was very tasty. Upon hearing that it was our first visit, the bartender slipped us a couple samples of their chocolate porter, which wasn't on the menu. The porter was a great surprise. I wanted to pour it over ice cream. it was unbelievable.

Service: Both bartenders were friendly, attentive, and informative. As mentioned above, they insisted we try their flagship beer upon learning it was our first visit. The thing that really sticks out though, is when one of the barkeeps dropped off a pile of napkins when he noticed that my napkins were getting soaked with buffalo sauce. I didn't ask, he was just on his game. Great job.

Selection: There were about a dozen house brews on tap. We are heading back soon to try a few more.

Food: We had a plate of chicken wings, which were $2 off due to happy hour. The wings were very tasty and had a nice slow burn which sneaks up on you.

Value: Even without happy hour pricing we would consider Columbia River a great value. The beer was great, the atmosphere was great, and the service was top notch. We grabbed a growler and a mason jar to take home, both of which were quite reasonable at $12 for the growler and $6 for the quart mason jar fill.

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Photo of ChrisPr
4.18/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

Last night we went to the Columbia River Brewing Company. It is located in the old Laurelwood location in the Hollywood district. If you haven't ever been to Laurelwood, it's a nice, open space with a wood floor and a cozy feel. It has a nice, smaller bar and plenty of booths and tables. You can view the brewery below in through a glass window.

The food menu was extensive, and the two dishes we had, vegetarian ravioli and halibut fish and chips were very good. The halibut portions weren't huge, but it was some of the tastiest halibut I've had in a while. Their fries and tartar sauce with dill were very good as well. The service was great and we were given an excellent description of the beers we were interested in.

We tried two of their beers, the Paddler's Porter (an 8.4% Baltic Porter) and Hop Heaven IPA (a 7.5%, 78 IBU tasty IPA). I initially wanted the double IPA, but I was told the Tuesday night special was Hop Heaven for $3.50 for an imperial pint, making the decision even easier since I had never had any of their beers. I think they had around 10-12 of their beers on tap and it seemed to have some standards (a pale ale, blonde ale and stout) as well as some that would appeal to the BA in everyone (a great IPA, Belgian dubbel and double IPA). (On a later trip in January, 2011 we tried the DIPA, dubbel, Vienna and bock and I've updated this review to reflect both visits).

The brewer (and co-owner with his wife) has homebrewed for over 30 years and that experience really shows in the quality of his beers, at least the two standouts we tried. Paddler's was quite good. It didn't have the metallic taste I normally associate with Baltic porters, but was silky smooth, and I mean smooth. In fact, it was one of the smoothest porters I've ever had. It had a great aroma and flavor filled with chocolate and vanilla bean. I don't know that I could drink many of these because it is a rich beer, but it was delicious. As far as the IPA: it had a strong hop profile and the malt background to support it, but it wasn't malty-sweet. I could definitely see drinking a few of these. This IPA is a very well-made beer and would give any of the top IPAs in Portland a run for the money.

All-in-all Columbia River was a great food and beer experience. It wasn't very busy, but I hope this changes as it is discovered by more people. I believe that this is one of the unsung treasures of the dozen or so newer Portland breweries and I thought their beer was, frankly, awesome for a new brewery on an unfamiliar brewhouse. Whether you are a beer afficianado, or just looking for a well-made pint and food, Columbia River is well-worth a visit.

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Columbia River Brewing Co. in Portland, OR
3.94 out of 5 based on 123 ratings.
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